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[wurk-woo m-uh n] /ˈwɜrkˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural workwomen.
a female worker.
a woman employed or skilled in some manual, mechanical, or industrial work.
Origin of workwoman
First recorded in 1520-30; work + woman
Usage note
See -woman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But she was kept on all the same, for no other workwoman could iron a shirt with her style.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The London workwoman buys a pound for one penny, or at the most twopence.

  • A workwoman, friends, she, no less than a princess; and princess most in being so.

    Saint Ursula John Ruskin
  • The "treachery" is all the greater if the objector is a workman or a workwoman.

  • And each box passes through the workwoman's hands thirteen times!

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • She, too, had the smile of good-fellowship—coin freely passed from workwoman to workwoman.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • It tells the story of a workwoman who attained a very high degree of Christian perfection.

  • Nabby was in her way and place a person worth making concessions to, for she was a workwoman not to be despised.

    Poganuc People Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • This I can do because I am here as simply one of themselves—a workwoman among other workwomen.

  • She resolved therefore to become a workwoman, and to employ in this way the leisure she possessed from household avocations.

    Ormond, Volume I (of 3)

    Charles Brockden Brown

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